RECENT NEWS http://www.rohwrestling.com/newsfeed/philadelphia-pa-august20 ROH Latest News Feed en INTRODUCING JAY WHITE PART #2: LIFE AS A ‘YOUNG BOY’ AT THE NEW JAPAN DOJO http://www.rohwrestling.com/news/introducing-jay-white-part-2-life-young-boy-new-japan-dojo <div class="field field-news-photo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/media/photos/jay-white-part-2">Jay White Part 2</a> </div> </div> </div> <div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">INTRODUCING JAY WHITE: LIFE AS A ‘YOUNG BOY’ AT THE NEW JAPAN DOJO</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none"><i>New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Jay White is one of the most highly touted young talents in the sport. The New Zealand native makes his much-anticipated debut in the United States at Ring of Honor’s national television taping on Saturday in Concord, N.C. This is the second installment of a three-part series on the NJPW Young Lion.</i></span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">On New Yea r’s Eve 2014, while people around the world were celebrating, Jay White was saying goodbye to his live-in girlfriend in England and boarding a plane for a one-way flight to Japan.</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">White, who had been wrestling for two years on the independent circuit in England, was bound for the New Japan Pro Wrestling Dojo in Tokyo.</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">Not only was his pro wrestling education about to become significantly more physically and mentally intense, but he also would have to adjust to a completely new way of life in a foreign land.</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">“It was massive culture shock,” White said. “The food’s different. Can’t understand anyone. There’s just a lot going on.”</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">There’s a degree of pageantry associated with pro wrestling, but being an NJPW “young boy” (rookie) is anything but glamorous.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">After arriving at the dojo, where White lives and trains with the other NJPW rookies, he had to get his head shaved. He resides in a room that is a claustrophobic’s nightmare, and his bed is an air mattress on the floor.</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">“Being a ‘young boy’ is about learning and paying your dues, something that, unfortunately, too many people in this business miss out on these days,” White said. “You've got a lot of jobs to do as well as training, including cleaning the dojo, doing the other wrestlers’ laundry, preparing the food, and basically just being on call at all times, and if you mess up, you know about it, and that usually comes with a few thousand squats. But it’s where you earn respect, as everyone here has been through it themselves, and the majority of the time they had it harder in their day.”</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">Japanese wrestling legend Jushin “Thunder” Liger has been impressed with how White has adapted.</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">“He’s been great and then some,” Liger said through a translator. “Even though he had a career in the U.K., he started from zero here in NJPW as a Young Lion. He has an iron will to succeed.”</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">An iron will is exactly what it takes to survive the rigorous training at the dojo.</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">“The training is completely different to anything I've ever done before. It’s insanely intense, and when you hear how many reps of the exercise you've got to do, it sounds impossible,” said White, who is 6-1 and a lean 198 pounds. “It would start at 10 a.m. and on average would last 3 hours, sometimes longer. It’s usually a mix of squats, press-ups, pull-ups and rope climbs, core work, bridging and strengthening your neck, as well as a lot of cardio-based exercises, followed by wrestling drills.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">“The training methods are pretty extreme, but the idea behind it is that if you're struggling here but you keep going, then you will be able to keep going when you get tired in a match. But if you give up during training, then you'll give up in a match.”</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">White, who is a high-flyer but also is technically sound and well-versed in strikes and submissions, made his debut for NJPW in January 2015 against ROH and NJPW star Alex Shelley. The veteran liked what he saw from White both in the ring and the way he carried himself outside the ring.</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">Shelley would regularly watch White’s matches and give him feedback in addition to working with him on various wrestling holds and submission maneuvers.</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">“He is serious about wrestling, but, man, what a sweetheart of a guy,” Shelley said. “This guy has made some serious sacrifices for wrestling, and I had to respect that.”</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">White has developed an in-ring rivalry with fellow “young boy” David Finlay, a fourth-generation wrestler who is the son of former WWE and WCW star Fit Finlay.</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">“There is healthy competition between myself and David Finlay, as well as Yohei Komatsu and Sho Tanaka before they left, as we were all always trying to outdo each other, and that's only going to bring the best out of each of us,” White said. “I'd like to think that we performed better than what most people expect from ‘young boys’ and that we've set the bar pretty high for the next group of boys coming through.”</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none"><i>Part 3 of Introducing Jay White will look at his imminent debut in ROH.</i></span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none"><i>To read Part 1, click <a href="http://www.rohwrestling.com/news/introducing-jay-white-part-1-breaking"><strong>here</strong></a>.</i></span></div> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 17:14:38 +0000 ROH Wrestling 385051 at http://www.rohwrestling.com Ian Riccaboni's #BITW View From Ringside http://www.rohwrestling.com/news/ian-riccabonis-bitw-view-ringside <div class="field field-sub-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Best in the World Pay Per View </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-news-photo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/media/photos/ians-view">Ian&#039;s View</a> </div> </div> </div> <div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;"><span style="font-size: 14px;">Shortly after Global Wars, I found out that I would be making the trek to Concord, NC for the Best in the World Pay-Per-View. Over the last two years, I have worn many hats for Ring of Honor: in-arena host, backstage interviewer, and commentator for Future of Honor and Women of Honor. Never in my wildest dreams could I have envisioned what hat I would be wearing for one of ROH’s biggest events of the year.</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 17px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">Or the horror that I would witness.</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 17px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">On the surface, Steve Corino and B.J. Whitmer appears to be a situation that has gotten out of hand. Some think it started when Whitmer began to mentor Corino’s son Colby. Ardent fans may think it started months before with a misbegotten shove at HonorCon 2014. But deep in the caverns of their souls, the two men are driven by the same darkness, the same wickedness that is sewn deep in the fiber of their DNA. This is an issue that has existed since their creation.</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 17px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">Before every ROH event, I prepare for the matches I know I will be calling. And just in case, I review the entire card. After all, the first time I did commentary on a regular ROH show was a spur of the moment decision based on Steve Corino’s suspension the previous day and a suggestion by Bobby Cruise. Coming into Concord, I knew I’d be calling Donovan Dijak versus “Cauliflower” Chase Brown. But right before that match was to kick off, ROH Matchmaker Nigel McGuinness informed management he could not, in good conscious, provide commentary for the Ultimate Fight Without Honor.</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 17px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">The night flew by. I was stationed in the back, interviewing the winners of the night’s bouts. I had looked for Steve all day. He wasn’t anywhere to be found. Same for B.J. I saw Nigel leave his seat on our production monitor. I handed over the ROH microphone, took a deep breath, and made my way to the ring with Todd Sinclair.</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 17px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">When I took my seat next to Kevin Kelly, there was a buzz through the cold calm, followed by a roar. The fans in the arena and around the world saw a video package highlighting the hatred between these two men. For Steve, it was clear that B.J. had drawn out his inner darkness, using Steve’s beautiful wife Jordan and sons Colby and Beck to extract his demons. For B.J., there was a familial magnetism that has drawn him to Steve. To quote B.J. from one of his video messages “I hate you Steve, because I am you.”</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 17px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">I had goosebumps from the minute Steve took off his beanie to reveal his once-signature bleach blonde hair. As loud as the crowd erupted with love for Steve, they were as repulsed by B.J. At that point, I hadn’t considered that it was my first time live on pay-per-view or that I was calling a match that could end either men’s career. I have traveled, eaten, and roomed with both men in my short time in ROH. I did not want to see that happen.</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 17px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">Within the opening 30 seconds of the fight, Steve lost a tooth. For how much emotion drove each man, the veteran stars kept clear enough heads to target the weakest parts of their opponents. Or perhaps each man knew that focusing on Steve’s surgically repaired neck or B.J.’s surgically repaired knee would lead to the quickest route in ending the other’s career.</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 17px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">There have been so many nights my mentor Kevin Kelly has calmed me. But at Best in the World, I felt like the one that had to play it cool and do my best to balance Kevin. While Kevin usually only has to deal with my nervousness, I saw the weight of the world in Kevin’s eyes as he saw his best friend bloodied and the joy when Steve connected with the beer bottle. But even Kevin has a heart; I saw the disgust and the physical cringe Kevin’s body made when Steve used the rubbing alcohol to sting B.J.’s open wounds, perhaps realizing that, like Steve, B.J., too, has a family.</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 17px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">We found out who that family was in Concord. In the shadows, both Steve and B.J. had been greeted by what looked like the “Prince of Darkness”. By the end of the night, “The Father” had made his choice. I learned in theology class, Abraham once had to choose between his sons Isaac and Ishmael. And it is a tale that crosses all religions, cultures, and generations that unfolded just a few yards from my face. Kevin Sullivan had chosen B.J. Whitmer as the son of Evil.</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 17px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">As I tried to compose myself to return to the back and find Nigel to return to the booth, I had an opportunity to interview Sullivan and Whitmer. Sullivan spoke of the Choosen One, the son that would be chosen by The Father to inherit what was once the King’s. So many people believe the “King” moniker of Steve’s is just a shortened form of “King of Old School”. But as we found out, it is taken from the line of Evil, from the King, Curtis Iaukea. The Father is not happy that the Son attempted to usurp his power and claim the throne built by the King, the Father, and the Uncle, Mark Lewin but he is ready to bestow it on his chosen son.</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 17px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">In Concord, I saw and witnessed Evil. The Ultimate Fight Without Honor should have ended everything, but like Kevin Kelly said, I don’t think we saw the end of it. The Evil has been drawn out of King Corino and he is ready to defend his throne.</div> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 15:02:58 +0000 ROH Wrestling 385006 at http://www.rohwrestling.com Six Man War has been signed as the Main Event for July 8th in Baltimore http://www.rohwrestling.com/news/six-man-war-has-been-signed-main-event-july-8th-baltimore <div class="field field-sub-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Friday, July 8th - William J Myers Pavilion - 7:30PM Bell Time </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-news-photo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/media/photos/070816baltimore6-man-main1">070816_BALTIMORE_6 man main1</a> </div> </div> </div> <div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;"><span style="font-size: 14px;">The stars of RING OF HONOR return to Baltimore for AFTERSHOCK, as the fallout from the BEST IN THE WORLD pay-per-view will continue to be felt!</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 17px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">Baltimore has a rich pro wrestling history, and there’s no telling what might happen when the Best Wrestling on the Planet comes to Charm City!</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 17px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">Matchmaker Nigel McGuinness has just signed the main event for July 8th in Baltimore:</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 17px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;"><strong>THE BULLET CLUB VS. RING OF HONOR SIX-MAN WAR</strong></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;"><span style="font-size: 14px;">THE BULLET CLUB's (ADAM COLE, HANGMAN PAGE, NICK JACKSON) vs COLT CABANA, JAY BRISCOE and ROH WORLD CHAMPION JAY LETHAL &nbsp;</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 17px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">Colt Cabana, Jay Briscoe and ROH World Champion Jay Lethal have been salivating for revenge ever since they were among the victims of The Bullet Club’s shocking two nights of carnage last month.</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 17px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">The three ROH stalwarts will get their opportunity when they join forces to take on The Bullet Club’s Adam Cole, “Hangman” Adam Page and one half of The Young Bucks, Nick Jackson, in a colossal six-man war at Aftershock in Baltimore on July 8th.</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 17px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">It all started when Cole, The Young Bucks and The Guerrillas of Destiny crashed the main event at the Global Wars 2016 pay-per-view between Lethal and Cabana on May 8th. With new member Cole leading the attack, The Bullet Club proceeded to destroy Lethal and Cabana, as well as security members, cameramen, commentators and a referee.</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 17px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">At a War of the Worlds Tour event the next night, The Bullet Club added another member in Page and struck again.&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 17px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">Page, who originally was to be part of a five-man team to oppose The Bullet Club that night, was supposedly taken out by a backstage attack and was subsequently replaced by Cabana.</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 17px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">However, during the match that pitted Cabana, The Briscoe Brothers and The Motor City Machine Guns against Cole, The Young Bucks and The Guerrillas of Destiny, Page came out to the ring and turned on the men who were supposed to be his partners.</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 17px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">Page revealed a shockingly sadistic side, as he hit the Rite of Passage on Jay Briscoe on a table outside the ring, and then literally hung The Motor City Machine Guns’ Chris Sabin with a hangman’s noose.</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 17px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">It’s easy to see why Cabana, Briscoe and Lethal are champing at the bit to get their hands on Cole, Page and Jackson in Baltimore.</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 17px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">While Cabana, Lethal and Briscoe are an ROH dream team, the one major advantage The Bullet Club trio has over them is unity. The ROH contingent is comprised of three individuals who aren’t friends and are unified only in their hatred for The Bullet Club.</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 17px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">As ROH World Champion, Lethal has a bull’s-eye on his back, and his two partners are at the top of his list of current challengers.</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 17px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">The six-man war in Baltimore will take place just two weeks after Lethal and Briscoe’s showdown in the Biggest Rematch in ROH History at the Best in the World pay-per-view. As for Cabana, he has an ROH World Title shot coming to him on July 16th at Aftershock in Philadelphia.</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 17px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">Will the unlikely ROH allies be able to coexist to vanquish a common enemy, or will The Bullet Club divide and conquer to win the six-man war?</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 17px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">To get your tickets to this event, click <a href="http://www.rohwrestling.com/live/events/2016/jul/8/070816-aftershock-baltimore-md">HERE</a></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 17px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;"><b>already signed</b></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 17px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;"><b>*MAIN EVENT*</b></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;"><b>SIX MAN TAG TEAM WAR</b></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">THE BULLET CLUB's ADAM COLE, HANGMAN PAGE, NICK JACKSON vs COLT CABANA, JAY BRISCOE and ROH WORLD CHAMPION JAY LETHAL &nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 17px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">ROH World TV Champion BOBBY FISH vs KAMAITACHI</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 17px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;"><strong>signed to appear</strong></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">ROH World Tag Team Champions THE ADDICTION (CHRISTOPHER DANIELS &amp; FRANKIE KAZARIAN)</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champion MARK BRISCOE</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">JAY WHITE</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">MOTOR CITY MACHINE GUNS (ALEX SHELLEY &amp; CHRIS SABIN)</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">DONOVAN DIJAK w/ PRINCE NANA</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">WILL FERRARA</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">WAR MACHINE (RAYMOND ROWE &amp; HANSON)</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">ANX (RHETT TITUS &amp; KENNY KING)</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 17px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;"><strong>Ring of Honor Presents:&nbsp;</strong><strong style="font-size: 14px;">AFTERSHOCK</strong></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;"><span style="font-size: 14px;">Friday, July 8th, 2016</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">William J Myers Pavilion</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">4300 West Bay Ave -&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 14px;">Baltimore, MD 21225</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">Doors open 6:00pm est / Bell time 7:30pm</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 19:49:21 +0000 ROH Wrestling 384676 at http://www.rohwrestling.com BOBBY FISH vs KAMAITACHI signed for July 8th in Baltimore http://www.rohwrestling.com/news/bobby-fish-vs-kamaitachi-signed-july-8th-baltimore <div class="field field-sub-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Friday, July 8th - William J Myers Pavilion - 7:30PM Bell Time </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-news-photo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/media/photos/070816baltimorefishvskama1">070816_BALTIMORE_FISHvsKAMA1</a> </div> </div> </div> <div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">Ring of Honor is coming back to Baltimore as part of the AFTERSHOCK TOUR!&nbsp; July 8th is a massive night for ROH, kicking off with a WOMEN OF HONOR event at 5PM followed by a all your favorite Ring of Honor stars hitting the ring at 7:30.&nbsp;&nbsp; Baltimore has long been one of our most enthusiastic, supportive crowds and ROH is excited to bring all the fallout from BEST IN THE WORLD to you this summer!&nbsp;</span></div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">&nbsp;</span></div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">Admission to WOMEN OF HONOR is free with your ticket to the AFTERSHOCK event!&nbsp; Don't miss our Baltimore return and the chance to see the best male and female professional wrestlers on the planet LIVE!&nbsp; To get your tickets for July 8th in Baltimore, click <a href="http://www.rohwrestling.com/product/070816-aftershock-baltimore-md">HERE</a>.</span></div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; min-height: 18px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">Just signed for July 8th:</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Calibri; min-height: 17px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">BOBBY FISH VS. KAMAITACHI</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Calibri; min-height: 17px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">Another big match for Kamaitachi!&nbsp; The amazing NJPW star has quickly made his mark on ROH, taking on some of the biggest stars night after night.&nbsp; After facing his partner, Kyle O'Reilly, at BEST IN THE WORLD, Kamaitachi battles the other half of reDRagon in Baltimore: BOBBY FISH!&nbsp;</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Calibri; min-height: 17px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">Bobby Fish has long known success in ROH as a tag team champion.&nbsp; But his quest for singles gold finally led him to the ROH World Television Championship!&nbsp; Now firmly established as one of the most dominant athletes in all of professional wrestling, Fish is a major challenge for anyone looking to step up.</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Calibri; min-height: 17px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">While this will be a non-title contest, there's no better way to grab the attention of ROH officials than to take a current champion to the limit!&nbsp; Kamaitachi's star continues to rise and there are no doubt championship opportunities on the horizon for this ambitious young athlete.&nbsp; In Baltimore, he takes on Bobby Fish in a match that's sure to leave people talking! And you can be there live.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; min-height: 18px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">To get your tickets for July 8th in Baltimore, click <a href="http://www.rohwrestling.com/product/070816-aftershock-baltimore-md">HERE</a>.</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Calibri; min-height: 17px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">signed to appear</span></div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; min-height: 18px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">ROH WORLD CHAMPION JAY LETHAL</span></div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">ROH WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS THE ADDICTION (CHRISTOPHER DANIELS &amp; FRANKIE KAZARIAN)</span></div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">THE BULLET CLUB's - ADAM COLE, NICK JACKSON &amp; HANGMAN PAGE</span></div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">JAY BRISCOE</span></div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">COLT CABANA</span></div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">ACH</span></div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">MOOSE</span></div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">LIO RUSH</span></div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">SILAS YOUNG</span></div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">MARK BRISCOE</span></div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">JAY WHITE</span></div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">MOTOR&nbsp;CITY&nbsp;MACHINE GUNS (ALEX SHELLEY &amp; CHRIS SABIN)</span></div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">DONOVAN DIJAK W/ PRINCE NANA</span></div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">WILL FERRARA</span></div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">WAR MACHINE (RAYMOND ROWE &amp;&nbsp;HANSON)</span></div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">ANX (RHETT TITUS &amp; KENNY KING)</span></div> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 16:51:53 +0000 ROH Wrestling 384606 at http://www.rohwrestling.com BEST IN THE WORLD 2016 RESULTS http://www.rohwrestling.com/news/best-world-2016-results <div class="field field-news-photo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/media/photos/bitw-results">BITW RESULTS</a> </div> </div> </div> <div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times;"><span style="font-size: 14px;">Best in the World 2016 featured three outstanding title matches, including The Biggest Rematch in ROH history, as well as the goriest, most disturbing Fight Without Honor of all time.</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times; min-height: 18px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times;">Kicking off the night at the Cabarrus Arena in Concord, N.C., was a hard-hitting and surprisingly evenly contested match between Kyle O’Reilly and Kamaitachi.The rising Japanese star nearly pulled off the upset before O’Reilly won by submission with an armbar.</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times; min-height: 18px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times;">O’Reilly, who entered the match knowing he has an ROH World Title shot Saturday night, may have been looking past Kamaitachi, who showed a much more aggressive side than ROH fans had previously seen from him.</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times; min-height: 18px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times;">After the match, O’Reilly extended his hand, but in a despicable show of disrespect, Kamaitachi spit on O’Reilly’s hand and stormed out of the ring.</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times; min-height: 18px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times;">The self-proclaimed “Last Real Man in Professional Wrestling,” Silas Young found out that ACH was more man than he bargained for, as ACH scored a convincing victory over Young by hitting Midnight Star.</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times; min-height: 18px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times;">In a match filled with mixed emotions, Mark Briscoe (who was sporting a fresh buzz cut) defeated Roderick Strong with a Fisherman Buster suplex to finally earn Strong’s respect.</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times; min-height: 18px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times;">After the match, Strong, who announced earlier this week that he was leaving ROH for other opportunities, shook Briscoe’s hand and embraced him. As Strong exited the ring, the fans paid tribute to “Mr. ROH” by chanting, “Thank you, Roddy.”</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times; min-height: 18px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times;">In a wild, Tornado Rules six-man match, The Bullet Club’s Adam Cole and The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson) beat Moose and War Machine (Raymond Rowe and Hanson).</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times; min-height: 18px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times;">After The Young Bucks hit the 5-Star Meltzer Driver on Moose, they gave Cole the privilege of scoring the winning pinfall.</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times; min-height: 18px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times;">ROH World Tag Team Champions The Addiction (Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian) defeated The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin) to retain their title, thanks to an assist from an unlikely source.</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times; min-height: 18px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times;">During the match, Kamaitachi came down to ringside and started a fight with New Japan Pro Wrestling Young Lion Jay White, who was seated in the front row.</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times; min-height: 18px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times;">While the referee was distracted by the brawl between Kamaitachi and White on the floor, Daniels took out Shelley with a low blow. Shortly thereafter, The Addiction hit The Best Meltzer Ever on Saban for the win.</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times; min-height: 18px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times;">After the match, Kamaitachi celebrated with The Addiction. What is Kamaitachi’s issue with White? Why has he joined forced with The Addiction? Stay tuned.</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times; min-height: 18px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times;">In what was perhaps the most violent, sadistic bloodbath in ROH history, BJ Whitmer defeated Steve Corino in the ultimate Fight Without Honor, but Whitmer didn’t do it alone.</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times; min-height: 18px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times;">Corino, who had one of his front teeth knocked out early in the match, and Whitmer were both bleeding profusely when the lights suddenly went out.</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times; min-height: 18px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times;">When they came back on, one of the most wicked men ever in pro wrestling, Kevin Sullivan, was standing in the ring. Sullivan drove his golden spike into Corino’s head, and Whitmer followed with an exploder suplex for the win.</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times; min-height: 18px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times;">ROH World Television Champion Bobby Fish successfully defended his title with a hard-fought victory over Dalton Castle.</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times; min-height: 18px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times;">Castle appeared to be on the verge of winning his first championship in ROH after he suplexed Fish on his head and then set up for The Bang-A-Rang. Fish, however, countered Castle’s finisher and turned it into a pinning combination for the win.</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times; min-height: 18px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times;">The All Night Express (Rhett Titus and Kenny King) came out to the stage along with “The Minister of Information” Caprice Coleman. The trio announced that they will now be referred to as The Cabinet, and claimed they would make wrestling great again,</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times; min-height: 18px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times;">In The Biggest Rematch in ROH History, a bout that was one year in the making, ROH World Champion Jay Lethal defeated Jay Briscoe to prove once again that he truly is the best in the world.</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times; min-height: 18px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times;">It looked as if Briscoe was going to become the first three-time ROH World Champion after he hit a Lethal Injection/Jay Driller combination, but Lethal somehow managed to kick out.</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times; min-height: 18px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times;">Lethal later hit a top-rope cutter and followed with the Lethal Injection for the victory.</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times; min-height: 18px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times;">After the epic encounter, Lethal and Briscoe shook hands.</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times; min-height: 18px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times;">Don’t miss your chance to witness this historic event by catching the replay of Best in the World 2016.</div> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 06:37:40 +0000 ROH Wrestling 382981 at http://www.rohwrestling.com TWO BIG AUTOGRAPH SIGNINGS THIS WEEKEND http://www.rohwrestling.com/news/two-big-autograph-signings-weekend-0 <div class="field field-sub-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 6/24 &amp; 6/25 in CONCORD, NC </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-news-photo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/media/photos/autograph-signing">Autograph Signing</a> </div> </div> </div> <div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue';">This weekend Ring of Honor returns to Concord, NC for BEST IN THE WORLD weekend!</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue';">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue';">We will present a special meet and greet autograph sessions featuring the stars of ROH after doors open each night!</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue';">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue';">Below is the list of ROH stars appearing, as well as our pricing options to ensure you get autographs with everyone!</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue';">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue';"><b>6/24 - BEST IN THE WORLD PPV</b></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue';">ROH WORLD CHAMPION JAY LETHAL</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue';">IWGP HEAVYWEIGHT TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS THE BRISCOES</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue';">"MR ROH" RODERICK STRONG</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue';">WOMEN OF HONOR STAR TAELER HENDRIX</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue';">MOTOR CITY MACHINE GUNS</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue';">ACH</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue';"><b>6/25 - TELEVISION TAPING</b></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue';">THE BULLET CLUB's YOUNG BUCKS</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue';"><span style="font-size: 14px;">THE BULLET CLUB's&nbsp;</span>ADAM COLE</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue';"><span style="font-size: 14px;">"MR ROH" RODERICK STRONG</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue';"><span style="font-size: 14px;">WOMEN OF HONOR STAR&nbsp;</span>MANDY LEON</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue';">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; min-height: 16px;"><b style="font-size: 14px;">PRICING IS AS FOLLOWS</b></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue';">Singles Wrestlers - $20 (1) Personal item or 8x10 (ROH supplied) signed &amp; (1) Posed Photo</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue';">Tag Teams - $30 (1) Personal item or 8x10 (ROH supplied) signed &amp; (1) Posed Photo</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>PLUS - THE ADDICTION, the ROH World Tag Team Champions of the World will be signing at the merchandise table for fans who purchase their comic book.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Join us this weekend at ROH's BEST IN THE WORLD!!!</div> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:42:30 +0000 ROH Wrestling 381596 at http://www.rohwrestling.com INTRODUCING JAY WHITE - PART #1 BREAKING IN http://www.rohwrestling.com/news/introducing-jay-white-part-1-breaking <div class="field field-news-photo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/media/photos/jaywhite1-0">JayWhite_1</a> </div> </div> </div> <div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><i style="font-size: 16px;">New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Jay White is one of the most highly touted young talents in the sport. The New Zealand native makes his much-anticipated debut in the United States at Ring of Honor’s national television taping on Saturday in Concord, N.C. This is the first installment of a three-part series on the NJPW Young Lion.</i></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">In January 2013, 20-year-old Jay White was living on the small island of Guernsey in the English Channel when he packed up all of his belongings and took the ferry across to Portsmouth, England.</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">White did not have a place to stay in Portsmouth, nor did he know anyone.</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">“All I knew was that there was a pro wrestling training school there,” he said.</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">And so began White’s pursuit of his dream to become a professional wrestler.</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">“I didn’t tell anyone that my plan was to become a wrestler,” White said. “It’s kind of a crazy idea to go and do that.”</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">White started training with Varsity Pro Wrestling, where he learned the ropes from VPW owner Thomas Jones. Jones, who wrestles as The U.K Kid and received his training from wrestling legends Shawn Michaels and Dory Funk Jr., has broken a number of British wrestling stars into the sport.</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">The athletic White, who had a background in sports such as rugby, soccer, cricket and tennis, proved to be a quick learner inside the ring.</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">White appeared on about 15 shows a year for VPW in Portsmouth and the surrounding areas. He gained further experience by competing on All Star Wrestling events throughout England, in addition to wrestling on a number of shows in France for Catch WS.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">A little over a year after he began training, White crossed paths with NJPW star Prince Devitt. It turned out to be a life-altering moment for White.</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">Devitt wrestled on three VPW shows and also conducted a seminar with the trainees. In one his matches with the promotion, he joined forces with White in a tag team match.</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">White made a positive impression on Devitt, who gave White his card and told him to keep in touch.</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">Shortly thereafter, NJPW star and founding member of The Bullet Club Bad Luck Fale contacted White to tell him that Devitt had talked about him to NJPW officials. Fale, who had played rugby in New Zealand before becoming a pro wrestler, said that he would try to get White into NJPW if he was interested.</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">Needless to say, White was very interested in joining of of the biggest and best pro wrestling promotions in the world.</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">Several months later, Devitt and Fale came to England to appear on a Revolution Pro Wrestling event, so White hopped on a train to London to meet up with them.</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">White ended up hanging out with the two of them as well as NJPW star Shinsuke Nakamura.</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">“We all went out for a few beers, and from there I kept in touch with Fale,” White said. “Next thing you know, I was getting a visa sorted and had a spot in the NJPW Dojo.”</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none"><i>Part 2 of Introducing Jay White will focus on his experience at the NJPW Dojo. Part 3 will look at his imminent debut in ROH.</i></span></div> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 01:21:44 +0000 ROH Wrestling 381421 at http://www.rohwrestling.com This will not end until one or both of them are completely and utterly destroyed. http://www.rohwrestling.com/news/will-not-end-until-one-or-both-them-are-completely-and-utterly-destroyed <div class="field field-sub-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Blog by Allison Danger </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-news-photo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/media/photos/will-not-end-until-one-or-both-them-are-completely-and-utterly-destroyed">This will not end until one or both of them are completely and utterly destroyed.</a> </div> </div> </div> <div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">On June 24th I will be in Chicago, IL. for my own show &nbsp;however, my thoughts will be in Concord, NC when my big brother, Steve Corino, takes on my former Prophecy mate BJ Whitmer in a Fight Without Honor. Quite frankly, I am disturbed that this match is even happening and I am deeply concerned that ROH doesn't realize what will happen when these two meet. Knowing these two men I fear for both their safety and their sanity.</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 17px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">Growing up with Steve was never “easy”.I have seen him in his darkest moments and, while I love my brother, I can't help but wonder his selfishness and his former ways have finally caught up to him. Karma, if you will. He has grown into a dedicated family man but the flaws remain beneath the surface. Why, Steve, did you have to cast the first stone?</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 17px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">And Whitmer...well, few people outside of wrestling know BJ like I do. He was one of my best friends, my stable mate, my traveling companion. We have seen each other at our proverbial rock bottoms. In fact, I credit BJ with saving me from myself when the pills consumed me. But this BJ, the BJ who crushed my sweet nephew Colby on tv again and again, the BJ who caused my young daughter to cry and fear him when she saw him attack Colby, the BJ who stalked my sister in law, Jordan, and innocent baby nephew, Beckham. I DO NOT &nbsp;recognize that man.</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 17px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">What I do know is that Ring of Honor, my first home, and Concord, NC. have no idea what they have signed on for. I fear this will not stop at pain, at blood, at even a bell. This will not end until one or both of them are completely and utterly destroyed.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 13:19:38 +0000 ROH Wrestling 381206 at http://www.rohwrestling.com THE VIOLENT HISTORY OF FIGHT WITHOUT HONOR MATCHES http://www.rohwrestling.com/news/violent-history-fight-without-honor-matches <div class="field field-news-photo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/media/photos/steen-generico">Steen - Generico</a> </div> </div> </div> <div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size: 15.600000381469727px;">One of the things that has always set Ring of Honor apart from other pro wrestling promotions is the Code of Honor, which encourages competitors to shake hands before and after their match.</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">Sometimes, however, issues become so personal that displays of mutual respect and traditional wrestling matches are replaced by raging hatred and anything-goes wars.</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">The latter is what Fight Without Honor matches are all about.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">This Friday at the Best in the World pay-per-view, longtime enemies Steve Corino and BJ Whitmer will settle their issues once and for all in an unsanctioned Fight Without Honor that promises to be the most violent and intense match in ROH history.</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">The first Fight Without Honor was between Samoa Joe and Low Ki and took place in 2002 during ROH’s initial year in existence. While the no-countout, no-disqualification match was incredibly hard-hitting, it would actually be considered tame when compared to many of the Fight With Honor brawls that would follow.</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">Subsequent fights were filled with weapons, brutality and bloodshed.</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">One of the greatest rivalries in Bryan Danielson’s ROH career was with Takeshi Morishima, and it culminated in a unforgettable Fight Without Honor in 2008 at Final Battle. In that ferocious and grueling match, Danielson finally exacted his revenge against Morishima after having suffered a detached retina from a punch to the eye by the Japanese star in a match nearly a year and a half prior.</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">After best friends Kevin Steen and El Generico turned into bitter enemies, it was inevitable that they would wage war against one another in a Fight Without Honor. Their showdown at Final Battle 2010 set a new standard for violence and hatred within an ROH ring, as Steen put his career on the line against El Generico’s mask.</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">In 2014, then-ROH World Champion Jay Briscoe and former champion Adam Cole were consumed not only by their burning desire to be champion, but also by their total disdain for one another. Things came to a head at Final Battle 2014 in a Fight Without Honor that saw Briscoe retain the title and Cole prove that in addition to being a great wrestler, he could hold his own with one of the toughest brawlers in the sport.</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">Another competitor who used a Fight Without Honor match to show that he’s tougher than he looks is Dalton Castle. In his fight with arch rival Silas Young a couple months ago, “The Party Peacock” was more than man enough to defeat the self-proclaimed “Last Real Man in Professional Wrestling.”</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">Both Whitmer and Corino participated in a Fight Without Honor match earlier in their careers. Whitmer teamed with Dan Maff to defeat The Carnage Crew at Final Battle 2004, while Corino and Homicide destroyed one another in a bloody encounter in 2006 that likely took years off both men’s careers.</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">As barbaric as the fight between Corino and Homicide was, it will likely pale in comparison to what Corino and Whitmer do to each other at Best in the World.</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">There has never been an issue this personal in ROH history, as Whitmer crossed the line and involved Corino’s family.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Georgia; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-kerning: none">Not only will this be a Fight Without Honor, it’ll be a fight without mercy. One man will win, but neither man will ever be the same.</span></div> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 13:01:57 +0000 ROH Wrestling 381196 at http://www.rohwrestling.com Goodbye… For Now. http://www.rohwrestling.com/news/goodbye-now <div class="field field-sub-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Roderick Strong to Depart Ring of Honor </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-news-photo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/media/photos/good-bye-now">good bye for now</a> </div> </div> </div> <div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial;"><strong>Goodbye… For Now.</strong></div><div style="font-size: 16px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial;"><strong>Roderick Strong Departs Ring of Honor</strong></div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial;">Roderick Strong told ROH officials that he plans to leave the company after Saturday's TV Taping in Concord, NC to pursue other opportunities. This brings to conclusion an amazing run of success lasting nearly 13 years in Ring of Honor. Immediately after his announcement, Roddy sat down with ROHWrestling.com to provide exclusive quotes for a look back at his tenure with the company.</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 17px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial;">It was September 20, 2003 at the Murphy Rec Center in Philadelphia, PA, where it all began in Ring of Honor for Roderick Strong. A young, muscular upstart with movie star looks made his way into the ring and proved immediately that he had the tools to be something very special.&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial;">“After seeing ROH for the first time I immediately went and put “Wrestle for ROH” at the top of my goals. It was everything I wanted as a fan. As a wrestler, I knew getting there and staying there would be a difference maker for my career” said Strong. “As I prepared to walk through the curtain, all I could think was, ‘don’t screw this up!’ Honestly, I felt I was still very young but I couldn’t be more prepared for whatever opportunity I would be given”. Little did anyone know that Roderick Strong would become a stalwart for Ring of Honor over the next decade.&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial;">They say you can measure a true athlete’s greatness by the amount of championships he has held and Strong’s championship resume is befitting a wrestler of his caliber. In 2005, he teamed with Austin Aries to win the ROH World Tag Team Championship. In September of 2010, Roddy ended the 7 month reign of Tyler Black to become the ROH World Champion. In March, 2012 he would defeat Jay Lethal for the ROH World Television Championship to become the 2<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: normal;">nd</span>&nbsp;ROH Triple Crown Champion. He would capture the ROH World Television Championship once more in October of 2015.&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial;">When asked what winning championships meant to him, Strong said,&nbsp;“The championships I won all carried a different feeling and were amazing for very different reasons. Winning the ROH World Tag Team Titles was something special because I was always a huge fan of tag team wrestling and holding it made me the best. To be considered part of the best tag teams in the world was an honor.&nbsp;The ROH World Championship was something that meant a lot because it was validation from Ring of Honor that all the miles, working through injuries, time lost with my family was not lost. I was in a position where the pressure is at its highest and they knew I could get the job done. Both of my TV title wins came at important points of my career. They helped show not only me, but my peers and the ROH fans my growth as a performer”.&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial;">He added “Believe it or not,&nbsp;when I lost the World title to Eddie Edwards, it was a very special moment for both of us.&nbsp;Looking back, I realized I was happy that I could be a part of a landmark moment for his career. Losing the TV title to Adam Cole also holds a special place in my heart. To see the crowd react the way they did and making him really earn it was awesome.&nbsp;To be a part of their moments is something ROH gave me and I will never forget.”</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial;">In the early days of Ring of Honor, fans enjoyed his great matches with likes of Bryan Danielson, CM Punk, Samoa Joe and AJ Styles.&nbsp;“Guys like them were the reason I wanted to come to ROH and why I fell in love with wrestling here. I wanted to go out and be tested by the best and prove I either had what it takes or not. Every match up was such a great learning experience and made me who I am today.”&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial;">ROH fans witnessed amazing battles with international stars Shinsuke Nakamura, Hiroshi Tanahashi and “the Rainmaker” Kazuchika Okada. “I was fired up at the opportunity to show&nbsp;the world, no matter who they are and where they are from that I can go toe to toe with them. I pride myself on being able to work with anyone and any style so it was nice to be able to do that.”</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial;">More recent wars with ROH World Television Champion Bobby Fish and ROH World Champion Jay Lethal really showed that Strong continued to operate on an elite level. “Fish is a warrior and someone I respect immensely, not just as a personality, but also a performer and beating&nbsp;Jay Lethal for my second Television title was the beginning of the next chapter of my career. It showed the world that I wasn't going anywhere for a very long time and it showed the growth in me as a performer. Those matches with Jay are very special to me.”</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial;">When asked about why he stayed with ROH as long as he did, Strong said “ROH was everything great about wrestling to me, getting the most talented people together to push each other and come up with super-unique and interesting things to make the product stand out. They gave me my first real chance to grow and had the confidence in letting me fail or succeed. ROH will always mean the world to me.”</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial;">ROH fans have had a love/hate relationship and at times, they truly loved to hate him.&nbsp; What can never be lost is Roddy’s appreciation the fans. He doesn’t have an "off button" or know how to take it easy. Roderick Strong is truly a once-in-a-lifetime athlete that Ring of Honor and its fans have been blessed to have witnessed for nearly the past 13 years.&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial;">Strong concluded, “I want to be able to personally thank everyone, from the new fans that just found ROH, to the fans that have followed me from the beginning. Ring of Honor is more than just a company to me. It's my family, I started as 20-year-old kid just looking for an opportunity to learn and grow as a performer. Now I stand here after 12 and a half years loving it just as much, if not more than when I came in. I want to thank you&nbsp;for your patience as you watched me grow over time.&nbsp;I want to thank you for the cheers, the boos and the passion you showed me.&nbsp;Most importantly I want to thank you personally for always supporting the greatest company in the world, Ring of Honor.&nbsp;I hope to see everyone this Saturday in Concord”</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial; min-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial;">Join us Saturday in Concord, North Carolina at the Cabarrus Arena as Ring of Honor bids farewell to the one and only, “Mr. ROH” Roderick Strong.</div> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 22:44:48 +0000 ROH Wrestling 381061 at http://www.rohwrestling.com